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5 Tips For Getting Started In PLCSIM Advanced
Nikhil Holay

5 Tips For Getting Started In PLCSIM Advanced

Siemens' S7-PLCSIM Advanced allows simulation of functions while configuring and engineering without a physical connection. Overall, PLCSIM Advanced implements many improvements over PLCSIM including simulation for the web server, OPC UA, distributed IO, and many more. Below are a couple tips and tricks I’ve used to get started with PLCSIM Advanced. Tip One: Downloading To PLCSIM Advanced Downloading to PLCSIM Advanced is a little different for a developer accustomed...

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Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party
Andrew Mahler

Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party

Starting at DMC As I started working at DMC, I was immediately amazed by the company culture. The company introduced me to the kitchen full of free food and drinks, I have already been to multiple happy hours as well as a welcome party, and I got the chance to plan out my welcome party that took place a few weeks ago. Moving to Chicago As a new member of the Chicago community, I figured I have to explore the area and familiarize myself with my new surroundings. There is so much to see a...

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DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms
Kevin Best

DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms

What happens when a bunch of people who solve problems, aka puzzles, for a living go to an escape room? For my welcome party, we decided to find out! After pizza and happy hour at the office, the DMC Denver crew walked over to Puzzah! Escape Rooms to put our puzzle solving skills to the test. When we arrived, we split into three groups, and the Puzzah! staff read us the rules of the game: no unplugging wires, breaking down doors, or forcibly removing things from the walls. All the u...

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DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest
Nick Shea

DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest

DMC is excited to present two presentations at the PCC Okterberfest: Tap Into Technology event taking place on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, WI. Expect a day of seminars, workshops, a technology automation fair, hands-on product stations, and one-on-one discussions with experts.  Be sure to stop by the DMC booth and check out our DrinkBot demo! Also, don't miss out on presentations from DMC'...

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SAFECONF Tutorial: Programming a TRISAFE-S Device
Becca Stussman

SAFECONF Tutorial: Programming a TRISAFE-S Device

Want to use SAFECONF to program your TRISAFE-S Phoenix Contact Safety Module? Luckily, this free software (available to registered users here), is intuitive and easy to use for even beginner automation programmers. Below is a guide to performing some key tasks using the software. In order to make this Tutorial easer to navigate, I've included quick links below to jump straight to your topic of interest: Create a New Project Create your Password Configure your I/O Redundant...

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DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water

This year, the DMC Chicago office decided to keep things local and hosted our third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) right here in the Windy City. Since most of us have already experienced most of the typical Chicago experiences, we decided to branch out a little and try some not-so-typical Chi-town activities. What is a YOE? First off, a YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is a fun weekend for employees from every office to gather at a specific DMC location. The event is partially sponsored...

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Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint
Dan Mitchell

Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint

In our work with various organizations, DMC’s Digital Workplace Solutions team has found that many organizations have no formal onboarding process in place. Without an organized system, it is easy for key onboarding tasks to fall through the cracks resulting in employees arriving on their first day unable to begin working. Beyond the lost productivity of the new employee, a mismanaged onboarding process can cause frustration across departments, damage the employer’s brand, and hav...

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Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno
Kevin Service

Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno

Like every child growing up, I admired airplanes soaring through the sky. They seemed not only majestic but proof of man’s infallible ingenuity and perseverance. The Wright Brothers showed the world we simply had to push the limits with an incredible feat of engineering and determination. I had the same gut reaction anyone else would have: “Man, it’d be fun to jump out of one of those and hurtle towards the ground at 125 miles per hour!”  From Slack to the Skies ...

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Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View
Emily Shanker

Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View

Each post in the Siemens HMI Toolbox series highlights a native HMI object in the Siemens WinCC Comfort, Advanced, or Professional environments. It is our goal to help users become more familiar with HMI development by sharing some of our best practices and the useful tools we have learned. This post focuses on the PDF view control object. Overview: The PDF view object allows you to display PDF documents in your HMI runtime application. This can be an incredibly powerful tool in applica...

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Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues
Amy Costello

Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues

Who doesn't love a little friendly competition with coworkers? DMCers have participated in a variety of sports leagues over the years, from beach volleyball in Chicago to kickball in NYC. There's no shortage of opportunities for us to bond outside of the office, but nothing compares to that feeling of teaming up for something other than that engineering project you're making things happen on.  Chicago Competition DMC Chicago's colleagues have kept busy teaming up ...

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An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer
Anna Jankovsky

An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer

Three months ago, I got a call while walking home from class in the last few weeks of the Spring semester. Immediately upon seeing the Chicago area code, I knew that this was the moment I had been waiting for—the decision from DMC for a marketing internship that coming summer! I was so excited to hear Jessica, my new boss, on the other end of the line congratulating me for getting the job. I called my parents to tell them the good news, "I’m moving to Chicago! I got the posit...

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Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?
Becca Stussman

Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?

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Although shutting down your PC is a very quick debugging step to address your PXI modules’ connection issues, many PXI users may not be aware of the PXI module to PC connection process, and thus will not know to try this troubleshooting step. Hopefully this blog saves you some time, and helps you along the way to a successful project using the NI PXI chassis!

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DMC Sees Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Perform Improv Show at Carnegie Hall
Becca Stussman

DMC Sees Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Perform Improv Show at Carnegie Hall

Last week, DMC saw an absolutely star-studded rendition of ASSSSCAT, the world’s longest-running improv show. The performance, which took place at the iconic Carnegie Hall, involved Tina Fey as the monologist and Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Horatio Sanz, and Rachel Dratch as improvisers. The format of the show started with a suggestion from the audience. Then Tina Fey would ad-lib a monologue based off of that suggestion. After her monologue, the rest of the cast ...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency

DMC is proud to announce that we have earned the Microsoft Gold certified competency for Data Analytics. This certification recognizes DMC for excellence in helping clients gain insight into their data and make predictions and recommendations through the application of Microsoft Power BI and SQL Server technologies. DMC joins an elite tier of Microsoft Partners by adding this Gold competency to our book of six Microsoft certified competencies. Through the Partner Network program, DMC has acce...

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DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group Meeting
Darren Jones

DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group Meeting

DMC will host the Chicagoland LabVIEW User’s Group meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. We have had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for many years, and we are excited to open our space to the community. The goal of our meetings is to discuss various LabVIEW programming techniques, technologies, application design patterns and much more. We use this opportunity to network with other programmers in the Chicagoland area.  Agenda  At this year's meeting, we w...

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How to Upload A Project From A MELSEC F-Series PLC
Becca Stussman

How to Upload A Project From A MELSEC F-Series PLC

Need to upload a project from a MELSEC F-series PLC? You're in luck! This tutorial explains how to upload the software on a MELSEC F-series PLC using GX Developer, the MELSOFT developing platform for this line of controllers.    1. Connect the PLC to your PC. MELSEC F-Series PLCs use an SC-09 RS232 to RS422 adapter cable, which can be purchased from many places, including on Amazon. This cable connects to the front, female port on your PLC and plugs dire...

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Using an S7-1500 PLC as a Modbus RTU Slave
Becca Stussman

Using an S7-1500 PLC as a Modbus RTU Slave

Need to make data available from your 1500 PLC to a Modbus RTU master? As long as you have a Modbus RTU capable serial communications adapter module, setting up a Modbus RTU server is pretty simple. Communications Adapter Since S7-1500 PLCs don't typically come with onboard serial communication ability, you'll need to use an adapter module that supports the Modbus RTU slave protocol, with a port interface that meets your system connection requirements. See below for two ...

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DMC Adventures: Getting Started At DMC
Dan Mitchell

DMC Adventures: Getting Started At DMC

My first week at DMC was a whirlwind of training and new faces. That Monday morning, I arrived with seven other DMCers from around the country to begin ramping up. Being the only member of the Microsoft Consulting Services team to start that week, my training differed slightly from the rest of the group. Nonetheless, everyone’s opinion has been the same. DMC runs like a well-oiled machine. What to Expect on Arrival From the very beginning of our onboarding process, no de...

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DMC Quote Board - March 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - March 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy
Molly Graham

DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy

DMCers in Chicago recently celebrated the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in style at the Chicago History Museum's annual Last Speakeasy. In what has become a DMC tradition, we donned our flapper dresses and fedoras and bundled up as best we could to take a step back in time for a few hours.  The museum pulls out all the stops, filling up every available space with entertainment, food, and intriguing exhibits. There was a visit from John Russick, CHM'...

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